Janet French

My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment. The ideas and images in my current work are drawn from trees and the spiritual impact of light seen through trees. I use a variety of printmaking methods and handmade paper which I create using leaves and fibres gathered from the local fields and woodlands on which my images are based. The varied surfaces I am working on require different printmaking methods and I aim to create a symbiosis between print and paper by, for example, allowing the textured surface to break through the image or employing the translucent quality of the leaves by printing on the reverse and allowing the image to show through.

Gallery (click to view)

Janet French gained a BA (Hons) Art & Design – Fine Art at Colchester School of Art & Design.

Two works from the Tree Portraits series, a collaborative project with Emma Buckmaster exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Janet and Emma’s journey through the selection process was filmed by the BBC and included in their programme The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which was broadcast on BBC2 in June 2016.

Recent Exhibitions
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013 and 2016
V&A Woodland Trust Exhibition
The Arborealists at St. Barbe Museum
Art in Action (demonstrating artist)
Affordable Art Fair (Battersea)
Affordable Art Fair (Brussels)
20/21 Royal College of Art
Liverpool City Art Fair
Cambridge City Art Fair


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